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About this Object

Object Name:

Saturn

Distance from Earth:
at the time of the observation

1,300 million km (8.5 Astronomical Units)

Diameter of Object:

120,000 km across the equator

Dimensions:

This image is roughly 40 arcseconds on the vertical side.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Date:

September 30, 1996

Exposure Time:

10 minutes

Filters:

Red: F675W(R), Green: F555W(V), Blue: F439W(B)

Principal Astronomers:

Richard G. French (Wellesley College) and collaborators J. Cuzzi, L. Dones, and J. Lissauer (NASA/Ames Research Center)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

October 21, 1998 12:00 noon EST

Orientation/Scale:

North is about 20 degrees clockwise from the top of the image, as is Saturn's north pole. The moon is Enceladus.


What creates the swirls in Saturn's clouds?
Shear turbulence! This effect is even demonstrated in a cup of coffee.